Message from Revd Craig Marshall – Rector for Benefice of Lower Wharfedale

Hello everybody,
Yesterday I set up a Facebook Page entitled ‘Lower Wharfedale Benefice Rector’. The link is below.

If you go to the page, you will find messages from me, a video of last night’s Compline and one for this evening too. Please feel free to watch, reflect and pray along should you wish.
For the rest of this Holy Week, you will be able to tune in at 7pm each evening (although material will be uploaded much earlier!) for the following:

Tuesday.                                 Compline
Wednesday.                           Compline
Maundy Thursday.                Eucharist reflecting ‘the Last Supper’
Good Friday.                           Reflecting ‘at the foot of the cross’.
Saturday.                                Service of Light

We hope to organise another zoom service for Easter Sunday.

Orders of service for Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday are below.

For those who are not on Facebook, I will ask those with contact lists to email the Maundy Thursday, Good Friday reflection and Service of Light so that you can enjoy reading them at home.

This comes with my prayers and blessings at this time and look forward to the day when I can greet you in person.


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Message from the Village News editorial team

In view of the current situation around Coronavirus, we feel we cannot ask our faithful team to put themselves at risk by walking from house to house to deliver the magazine and we have therefore taken the decision that this issue will not be delivered in the normal way.

You can view or download a pdf version of the magazine through the following link

This was, of course, put together a little while ago and many of the events mentioned will not now be going ahead.


This is a messsage from National Trading Standards

Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. National Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public’s concern and uncertainty over COVID-19.
Members of the public should ignore scam products such as supplements and anti-virus kits that falsely claim to cure or prevent COVID-19. In some cases individuals may be pressurised on their own doorsteps to buy anti-virus kits or persuaded into purchasing products that are advertised on their social media feeds. In addition, some call centres that previously targeted UK consumers with dubious health products are now offering supplements that supposedly prevent COVID-19.
Communities are also being urged to look out for signs of neighbours being targeted by doorstep criminals. While there are genuine groups of volunteers providing help during self-isolation, there have been reports of criminals preying on residents – often older people or people living with long-term health conditions – by cold-calling at their homes and offering to go to the shops for them. The criminals often claim to represent charities to help them appear legitimate before taking the victim’s money. There are genuine charities providing support, so consumers should be vigilant and ask for ID from anyone claiming to represent a charity.
COVID-19 scams identified include:
Doorstep crime

  • Criminals targeting older people on their doorstep and offering to do their shopping. Thieves take the money and do not return.
  • Doorstep cleansing services that offer to clean drives and doorways to kill bacteria and help prevent the spread of the virus.

Online scams

  • Email scams that trick people into opening malicious attachments, which put people at risk of identity theft with personal information, passwords, contacts and bank details at risk. Some of these emails have lured people to click on attachments by offering information about people in the local area who are affected by coronavirus.
  • Fake online resources – such as false Coronavirus Maps – that deliver malware such as AZORult Trojan, an information stealing program which can infiltrate a variety of sensitive data. A prominent example that has deployed malware is ‘corona-virus-map[dot]com’.

Refund scams

  • Companies offering fake holiday refunds for individuals who have been forced to cancel their trips. People seeking refunds should also be wary of fake websites set up to claim holiday refunds.

Counterfeit goods

  • Fake sanitisers, face masks and Covid19 swabbing kits sold online and door-to-door. These products can often be dangerous and unsafe. There are reports of some potentially harmful hand sanitiser containing glutaral (or glutaraldehyde), which was banned for human use in 2014.

Telephone scams

  • As more people self-isolate at home there is an increasing risk that telephone scams will also rise, including criminals claiming to be your bank, mortgage lender or utility company.

Donation scams

  • There have been reports of thieves extorting money from consumers by claiming they are collecting donations for a COVID-19 ‘vaccine’.

Loan sharks

  • Illegal money lenders are expected to prey on people’s financial hardship, lending money before charging extortionate interest rates and fees through threats and violence

People are being encouraged to protect their neighbours by joining Friends Against Scams, which provides free online training to empower people to take a stand against scams. To complete the online modules, visit
NTS is also issuing urgent advice to help prevent people falling victim to COVID-19 scams through its Friends Against Scams initiative.
Members of the public are being urged to keep in contact with family members regularly and inform them of the most prolific scams and the possible dangers to them. If someone has been targeted by a scam it can be reported to Action Fraud online at or by calling 0300 123 2040. For advice and information on how to check if something might be a scam, visit:

The full press release is available here.

Brackenwell Lane Planning Application – Have Your Say


Set out below is the Parish Council’s response to the planning application, submitted by Harrogate Borough Council, to demolish the existing garage block and construct two 3-bedroom semi-detached houses.

Residents are encouraged to submit their own objections to the Borough Council, adding further weight to the Parish Council’s response.


The Parish Council strongly objects to the above planning application, and accordingly wishes to question and refute a number of the assertions in the Planning Application form and Design and Access Statement.

Section 9 – Vehicle Parking
Statement – Existing number of spaces – NIL
COMMENT – In addition to the garages themselves, 4 parking spaces are currently used in front of garages plus 2 on road. Therefore 6 parking spaces for existing residents will be removed and be replaced with 4 dedicated places for the properties. A loss of 6 places!
Rather than +4 places (as shown), the net effect is -6 places to those currently available. 4 spaces are for the exclusive use of the new properties.

Section 10 – Trees and Hedges
COMMENT – Three trees on the site are important to the local landscape. Their removal will have an impact, particularly the flooding problem (not recognised in Section 11) on Brackenwell Lane. The previous development (construction of one affordable house) removed 1 mature tree. This development will remove the remaining three trees. There is no space for replacement mature trees in the rear garden without completely overpowering the property behind.

Section 11 – Assessment of flood risk
Statement – absolutely no recognition of flood risk.
COMMENT – the flooding problems on Brackenwell Lane are a matter of fact, reported repeatedly (and investigated) by HBC, NYCC and Yorkshire Water.
NB – current flooding problems on Brackenwell Lane were reported to HBC’s Principal Engineer (Land Drainage), Mike Wickens, on 6 March 2020, by Cllr Victoria Oldham, on behalf of the Parish Council.
There is mention in the water survey of wells, but no indication of the problems and routes of underground water courses taking the drainage from these wells, plus the water drainage problem from the fields to the north. This frequently backs up and floods between the properties on the opposite side of the road. There is no mention of the problems with water collecting in the neighbouring gardens, especially No 19 Brackenwell Lane.


Section 14 – Waste storage
Planned to be at the front of the properties.
COMMENT – This is  inappropriate in this rural environment. All other properties in the area have their bin storage within the gardens.

Location and Sustainability
Statement: Brackenwell Lane….” with good access to major road networks, and a regular bus service connecting the village to neighbouring villages etc….”
There is NO bus service to the village. (This is tacitly acknowledged by the proposed provision of 2 parking spaces per new property in the application.)  North Rigton Parish Council have raised the issues of traffic volumes and speed in the village in the Local Plan;  the additional 4 vehicles will add to the problem as residents will almost certainly not work and definitely not shop in the village.

“underused garage block” …………………. No evidence of daily use……..used for storage……… Persons located outside of North Rigton…….. Do not envisage an adverse effect relating to parking on Brackenwell Lane.
Local residents use the garage spaces and the area in front for parking if they are unable to get their modern car into the garages.
Photos in the Design & Access Statement clearly show several existing cars on the street and using the area in front of the garages for parking as there is no room on road. Removal of the garages will add further pressure on the street parking and the development will further exacerbate existing problems as there is nowhere else for residents to park.

Statement: The existing access will remain
COMMENT  –  The existing access is being removed.

 … will complement the area.
COMMENTNot correct – all other properties have front gardens apart from the previous “affordable house” built by HBC.
Respect the local character – how?
In terms of location, the proposed properties are set forward from the existing properties. How will this complement  the area?

SAFETY: The development will mean that there will no longer be a turning circle for large vehicles entering Brackenwell Lane eg. bin lorries, LPG/Oil tankers, Emergency Vehicles. The residents who live at the end of the Lane already cannot turn their cars around in such a congested space; they therefore have to reverse into the entrance to the garages to undertake this action. With the loss of this turning space they may be faced with reversing the full length of Brackenwell Lane. This would heighten the danger to children and pedestrians. The width of the road already makes it necessary for large vehicles to drive over the pavement, with the consequent damage to the pavement and further risks for children.


The Parish Council has now received a planning application from Harrogate Borough Council to demolish the existing garage block and build two semi-detached houses. The application number is 20/00113/RG3. Access to the details of the application can be found by accessing the HBC website or through this link

If you are concerned about the proposed development, please respond as individuals rather than a group.
The Parish Council will be discussing the application and formulating a response and will be bearing in mind the statements and contributions made by residents at the Parish Council meeting in May 2019.